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Dara

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  • House of Many Ways

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (209)

    A girl named Charmain must inhabit her ailing great-uncle's time-traveling home full of magical belongings. As Charmain begins a journey of amazing discoveries, she comes to the attention of the powerful sorceress Sophie and an elusive wizard named Howl.

    Kelly says: "Great Companion Book"
    "Imaginative fun"
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    This charming book is a happy romp through the unusual imagination of Diana Wynne Jones. From purple bugs to giant dogs, you never know what you'll find next. The narrator was excellent. I highly recommend this book for young and old, who want a bit of lighthearted fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14038)
    Performance
    (13176)
    Story
    (13193)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Science is the hero - great listen"
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    If you like space stories, have a bit of a geeky nature, and enjoy full out adventures, you don't want to miss this one. Using chemistry, botany, mechanical engineering, and creative thinking, our protagonist battles the entire planet of Mars.

    Granted, I had to listen twice to many of the scientific explanations, as much of it was over my head, but who cares? It was entertainment and an education. I've decided to stock up on duct tape.

    Excellent narration! Well worth the credit - this one was a winner.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1146)
    Performance
    (1052)
    Story
    (1054)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Excellent in every way"
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    I loved this book and highly recommend it. Having close ties with a couple of very successful OCD men, I recognized many quirks that I have come to know and love. Mr Lancaster has represented this character with humor, respect, and without apologies.

    I don't have much time to sit and read, so audio books are my salvation. Usually, I know that I would prefer to read the written word , but this book is the exception. Luke Daniels gave one of the best performances I've heard. He represented Edward with subtlety and charm, and I'm looking forward to listening to it again.

    One thing,...if you have never seen Jack Web and the TV show "Dragnet", I highly suggest you watch a one or two episodes (only the ones in color) before you read the book.

    I can safely say that this book is "one of my favorites".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Ship: Liaden Universe, Theo Waitley, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (91)

    New novel in the Liaden Universe series. Over a quarter million copies sold in this series to-date! Space ships, action, adventure – all tied together with a strong dollop of romance and family saga – make this a compelling series for a wide range of readers, from romance to military SF lovers alike.

    Skipper says: "Bechimo the Self-Aware Ghost Ship"
    "OK but not easy to follow"
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    I wanted to like this book better than I did. The core story was interesting and I enjoyed those sections. Unfortunately, the chapters constantly skipped around to completely different characters and situations, often with no warning or explanation. This writing style is pretty common, but, in this book, I had a hard time tying everything together. The narrator was very pleasant and capable, but all her male characters tend to sound the same, which added to my almost constant state of "what's going on?"


    I think I'd like this book more in the written format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (526)

    Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Abandoned by her mother, ignorant of her father's identity, Lirael resembles no one else in her large extended family living in the Clayr's glacier. She doesn't even have the Sight, the ability to See into the present and possibly futures, that is the very birthright of the Clayr.

    Cher says: "Stands alone"
    "Good basic story, but dragged on a bit"
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    This story is interesting and a good extension of the first book of the series. But, I agree with many of the other readers that the teenage angst does drone on quite a bit. I often found myself disliking the characters because of this. You want to shout at them to "get over it , already".

    The ending is abrupt and does not complete the book, so if you do read this, you will be obliged to get the next in the series

    Tim Curry is excellent, as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon Stilettos: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (622)

    Click your heels three times and say, "There's no place like Bloomies!" Katie Chandler's life is pure magic - literally. As an executive assistant at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., she's seen more than her share of fantastical occurrences. A mere Manhattan mortal, Katie is no wizard, but she's a wiz at exposing "hokum" pocus, cloaked lies, and deceptive enchantments. And she's fallen under the all-too-human spell of attraction to Owen, a hunky wizard and coworker. Owen, however, is preoccupied. Someone has broken into his office and disrupted top-secret files, and it reeks of an inside job.

    Jennifer B. Creamer says: "A new addiction!! For Molly Harper fans"
    "Engaging but a bit slow"
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    I enjoy the narrator, and the characters are charming, But, the story line bogs down and I find myself wishing for things to move along a bit faster. The relationship between Katie and Owen is polite almost to the point of boredom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7578)
    Performance
    (4569)
    Story
    (4601)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Interesting but a little too chaotic"
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    This book started out very well and grabbed my interest right away. I just got a little tired of the continuous repetitive action, especially towards the end, which I felt sacrificed the story. Also, it is just a teensy bit chauvinistic. The gamers and computer wunderkind are all male, (except for one token lady). It is obvious that this book was aimed towards the 20 something guy and that's ok. But, the fact that this was SO obvious is what took away some of my enjoyment.

    The narrator was great and he deserves all five stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trickster's Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Trini Alvarado
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (210)

    The native people of the Copper Isles, the raka, know that the ancient prophecy handed down by their trickster god is on the brink of coming to pass. But what they don't know is that all their hopes rest on the slender shoulders of Aly Homewood, formerly Alianne of Pirate's Swoop.

    Jia says: "entrancing!"
    "One of the best from Tamora Pierce"
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    I'm waiting for book #3....

    This is one of my favorite Tamora Pierce stories. Well narrated, and fun to listen to. I'm sorry there isn't a 3rd book in the series.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7876)
    Performance
    (7140)
    Story
    (7160)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Great fun , wonderfully narrated"
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    I was given this audio book as a gift for Christmas and I loved it. I appreciated the light touch of the author, the interesting character portrayals, and the fun of a good mystery. I heard that "Robert Galbraith" would be writing a series, and I can't wait for the next installment. Strike and Robin need to go on to another adventure.... please!

    The narrator was wonderful. Mr. Glenister is going to be up there with my favorites from now on.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home from the Sea: Elemental Masters, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (175)

    In Edwardian Britain, magic is real. And Masters of the Elements control Fire, Water, Air, and Earth... Mari Prothero has lived all her life with her father, Daffyd, in a tiny fishing village on the coast of Wales. Though Daffyd takes his boat out on the sea regardless of weather, Mari has learned not to fear for his safety, for her father is a Water mage. Mari knows that in her family, children are expected to marry at 18, to an appropriate stranger. She, however, has no intention of agreeing to any arranged marriage....

    Amanda says: "Mercedes Lackey Delivers Again"
    "Nice to see Nan and Sara again"
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    Another wonderful , light, easy read / listen. "Home From the Sea" is a continuation of " Wizard of London" which introduced the characters of Nan and Sara, and I'm happy that Ms. Lackey has continued their story. For some reason, Michell Ford (one of my favorites) did not repeat her role as narrator. But, don't sweat it... Kate Reading is a total pro and delivers a very enjoyable narrative, which, considering the Welsh being thrown around, had to have been very challenging. She pulls it off without a hitch.

    Recommended for all of you who like this genre.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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